Jul 3, 2010


I've dubbed it our "spread-arden" because we're using small places across the yard to grow our veggies rather than one big section. The seedlings we planted on May 2 are transplanted into a large brick area around a tree, but we're going to have to move them since they don't seem to get enough sun. More on that later.

The tomato plants we got from a friend that were in a little Target starter pack (seeds, soil, envelope -- just add water) started out great in the starter pack, but once transplanted went to pieces. So we replaced them with a starter plant from a local nursery and added two other types of tomatoes as well as red, green, yellow and orange bell pepper starter plants, a jalapeño starter, an Anaheim green chile starter plant (thank you Rod Grice for introducing us to these as hors d'oeuvres to be placed on the grill as it's heating up and eaten while the real meal is cooking on the warmed grill), and last but certainly not least a cucumber starter plant.

It's only been 2 months and we've already learned so much and can't wait to set out next year's "crop" based on what we've learned so far. Nonetheless I'm really enjoying tending the small plants and watching the beginnings of the fruit (or veggies) of our efforts. Today we added tomato cages around the tomatoes and bell peppers so I thought I'd snap some photos to share.

Caged Tomatoes

Caged Peppers

"Caged" Green Bell Peppers, Jalapeño, and Green Chiles